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Welcome to my Polish blog! My Polish great grandpa was orphaned during the Chicago flu epidemic of 1918 & spent his life looking for all of his siblings. Some family stayed in Chicago & some returned to Poland. Some family was Catholic, & some are believed to be Jewish. I post the things I learn in efforts it may help someone else in their research. I also hope this blog helps me connect with others that know about the people I'm learning about. Digital images of records or links are put inside most postings so you can view records full screen. I encourage comments. Feel free to sign the guestbook, stating who you're looking for. Maybe we can all help each other out this way, because there are many challenges with Polish research. I hope you enjoy learning with me. And I hope to be taught more about my Polish heritage.
I have added a few languages to this blog through Google translate. I hope that it may be accurate enough with the communication of ideas.
Thanks! -Julie

Witam! (Polish translation of Welcome)

Witam w moim polskim blogu! Mój pradziadek został osierocony w czasie epidemii grypy w 1918 roku i spędził wiele lat poszukując swojego rodzeństwa. Część rodziny pozostała w Chicago a część wróciła do Polski. Część rodziny była katolikami a część, jak przypuszczam, wyznania mojżeszowego. Piszę w moim blogu o rzeczach które odkrywam i o których dowiaduję się mając nadzieję, że pomogą one wszystkim zainteresowanym w ich własnych poszukiwaniach. Wierzę, że ten blog pomoże mi w skontaktowaniu się z ludźmi którzy wiedzą coś na temat osób ktorych poszukuję. Zdjęcia cyfrowe lub linki umieszczone są w większości moich komentarzy i artykułów, można więc otworzyć je na cały ekran. Gorąco zachęcam do komentarzy. Proszę wpisać się do księgi gości i podać kogo Państwo szukacie. Może będziemy mogli pomóc sobie nawzajem, ponieważ nie jest łatwo znaleźć dane których szukamy. Mam nadzieję, że zainteresuje Państwa odkrywanie ze mną tajemnic przeszłości. Mam rówież nadzieję poznać lepiej moje polskie dziedzictwo.

Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.

Dziękuję! - Julie

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09 December 2010

Jadwiga Sanetra's letter- looking for family and working through tough economic times

The following is a letter written from Jadwiga (in the area of Lebork, Poland), to her brother Paul in Arizona, in May 1963. Paul was orphaned at age 12. From that point on, the only sibling he had seen was his brother Ervin. Paul's father (Adam Sanetra) placed the boys in a Chicago Catholic orphanage, with the plan to re-marry and return to get them. He married Alfreda Mazurkiewicz and returned to pick up his children as he had promised them, but the orphanage had lost Paul, Ervin and Stanley. Adam, Alfreda, Bronislaw (our family called him Bennie) and Jozef returned to Poland. Then Alfreda and Adam had Jadwiga. Paul Sanetra was 58 years old when he received a letter from Poland, and the family started to find each other again! He and his family had been looking for each other for 46 years! Paul was also 58 years old when he found out he had a sister he had never met. The first few letters he received were about how his father had been looking for him, and had tried to keep his promise after all. Jadwiga did not write with punctuation or paragraphs. I am very thankful to my friend for giving me an English translation. Paul at one time had a translation but it had gotten lost over time. Note: The picture is of Alfreda, Jadwiga, Bennie and Joe. The baby pictured is Jadwiga the writer of this letter. This is the only letter I have that tells about how life was for a family member during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Dear Brother,
In the beginning of my letter I would like to tell you how happy my mom and I are for the fact that after so many years we have found each other. As a family we haven’t known each other until now, so I would like to ask you to send me your picture, and a picture of your family. I assume you do have a family. Please, tell us as much as you can about your life, and the life of a second brother.

Mom asks if you found brother Stanley and sister Bronka. We can already congratulate you on finding us, and brother Bennie, since our search [for the family members] hasn’t brought any results. Our father, before he left America, was looking for all of you  for a long time. Unfortunately, he hadn’t found anyone.
I was born in Poland, and I was four when father died. Mom worked, so did  Bennie and Jozef. After some time they got married, and had their own families, so then mom and I were alone. We have not heard from Bennie since about 1941.

During German occupation I was still young, [but] and worked in the factory. We lived in the city. Food rations were so small, and work hard. I thought that I would not survive if anything would not change. But somehow all that passed.
I was very sick, and in a few years I had again a surgery for a duodenum ulcer (of the liver).
After a few years from the surgery I got married. We do not have children. We have bought a small farm, we still have some mortgage to pay, and the [farm] buildings are in bad shape. My husband commutes to work to get extra income, but it is not worth his effort since commuting takes a lot of time, and no one pays him for that lost time.

My mom is with me. She is now 79 years old. Her health is not good, but I’m happy that she is alive. We miss father all the time. But what could one have done? The disease was incurable. Father wanted so much to live. He left America in hope that his health would improve, but he died within one year [of returning to Poland]. He was always very sorry that he wasn’t able to find you.

Dear Brother, please do not loose contact with us. I would like to write to brother Ervin too. I only wonder if writing to me isn’t too much trouble for you. I am sure none of you can read or write in Polish. You went to English [language] school. I do not know English because I went to Polish school. But I think that all that shouldn’t be an obstacle in keeping in touch.

I am finishing this letter now. My mom and I send you all the warmest greetings. Please, write back [to me].

28 November 2010

Bronislaw Marzowski

Debbie Marszowski posted these questions on my guestbook, in Oct 2010. I want to post her questions here in case anyone can help:
"I am looking for my Fathers family...I believed he was born around 1926 and lived in Krakow, Poland. He mentioned he had a brother Nicholas, who was a pilot during the war. His father apparently was a post master and a tailor. He was in a concentration camp and that is all I know. He never mentioned anything else and has recently passed. I would love to find our relatives if I could but believe I don't have enough information. He did mention he had a sister and other siblings but was vague. He said his name was Bronislav Kashmir Marszowski (not sure of the correct spelling) there are no legal documents. Thank you"

I did some searches and found these things in the US, in case he or other family moved here. Here are some similar sounding spellings you may want to keep in mind while searching for your family. 
**An Anthony Smarzowski married Anna Sikora, in 1895, in Holy Trinity Church . (an "S" added to the beginning of the name.)
** No Marszowski names in the PGSA marriage database. (USA & Poland marriages)  (Search  done Oct 15, 2010.)
**There are some  Marszowskis on the 1930 Census and on the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) in Chicago. (See attached Census record. Click on image to view full screen)
**There is a Bronislaw Marzowski from Natrona, PA in Haller's Army. Volume 439 pg 54, form type C. (Got this on PGSA database index) 
**I found an immigration record for a Bronislaw Marszewski. He was a butcher and immigrated before your Bronislav was born.
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.
**I do know much about research in Poland yet. If your family was Jewish, here is a link to some pictures and historical information about Krakow. Also on this page is a slide show, of lots of older pictures. http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/krakow/default.asp. 
Through this site, I found the index to a microfilm for some Jewish birth & marriage dates for Krakow. I hope to find a similar set of records on microfilm for Catholic records of the same time period. I ordered the microfilm last week. It has multiple years on the film, but I was specifically looking for a birth record in 1886, in Krakow. 
I hope that may give you a few ideas. If any of you reading this post recognize this information, or have an idea for Debbie, please email me or post a comment to this message.



Guest book

My apologies I've not kept up so well with my blog & guest book. A few things got the best of me, temporarily. Now I'm ready to start up more researching, blogging & answering the guest book.

10 October 2010

St. Florian church information: Żywiec-Zabłocie, Poland

On the left column of this blog, I have a church pictured, called St. Florian church. It is where a lot of my Sanetra family records are kept. I found this site with pictures, and a nice video clip about the church's history. It is of course, in Polish. But it is visual enough that even if you don't know Polish, you can know what the church looks like. This site is maintained and copyrighted by the Catholic Church.
St. Florian Church video clip
Unfortunately I can't get a direct link to the video to work.  So follow these three steps:
1) Click on the above "St. Florian Church video clip."
2) Go to the brown boxes with words, click on "historia parafii".
3) Scroll down to and select "zabacz film o parafii"

A friend and relative watched this clip. She told me about what was said and shown. Here are some things she told me about, that I thought you might find interesting in this video clip:
* Prior to 1895, people in Zablocie were part of The Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Zywiec. In 1895 citizens of Zablocie created the St. Florian organization, dedicated to building their own church.
* The building of this church started in 1935. 
* During the war, a national resistance group called Armia Krajowa (AK) hid weapons and printed resistance literature at the church. The priest in charge had to hide from the Nazi's because of this.
* Pope John Paul II often visited this church, sometimes annually.

I hope you'll check out this great visual site, the Catholic Church made available, about the history of this church.


29 August 2010

Auschwitz-Jewish and Catholic records available on-line

I find it challenging to try to find out if some of my ancestors were Jewish or Catholic. I have read stories about Christian-Jewish marriages. Not easy or popular, but it did happen. I find a record, yet it still doesn't tell me which religion they were. I found surnames like Mazurkiewicz and Wandzels in holocaust databases. Yet these names are also in Catholic parish records. Now I think I know the biggest source of my confusion. My discovery, is that being in a concentration camp didn't necessarily mean they were Jewish. And I don't mean someone who might have been considered a political threat or who protected Jews. I already knew those people were in camps.

I told a friend that I haven't found any Sanetras in holocaust or concentration camp records, but I know these records are just starting to go online. He sent me this link to Auschwitz records. I don't know who these Sanetras are yet. But the name Sanetra is not very common, and they lived near my Sanetras. My first reaction was shock. I was stunned at how many Catholics were in Auschwitz! This list (60 thousand) was about half Catholics and half Jews. I never knew it was like that. When I asked other people if they knew it was this bad, (this many Polish Catholics in addition to Polish Jews were killed), they were stunned like I was. I just had no idea the Poles were targeted this severely!  I asked a Polish friend some questions, and she was surprised we didn't know. So today, I write about what I learned this week, in the hopes we may go learn more history and know this part of our history a little better.

I knew that besides Jewish, there were others in the concentration camps, like: gypsies, Russians, and anyone deemed a political threat. Then I wondered, how was it "justified" on paper if they weren't Jewish? Was everyone not Jewish (in Auschwitz) labeled as a political threat? Were Poles targeted because Poland had been a haven to Jews for hundreds of years? I know we can't really understand the insanity of those who murdered millions of people. I was thinking in terms of record keeping, but even that is beyond what I can comprehend.

Wikipedia states 146,000 non-Jewish Poles  were estimated to have died in Auschwitz. Wiki also quotes:
German Nazi planners had in November 1939 called for "the complete destruction" of all Poles. "All Poles", Heinrich Himmler swore, "will disappear from the world". 
It then went on to say that about 3-4 million Polish would be left in Poland to serve as slaves to the Germans. Nazi planners even wanted to kill people who spoke the Polish language. It also said that all Polish (and other Slavic nations) were deemed "non Aryan" by Nazis. Wiki articles went on to say German planners decided not to target Poles to the same scale as Jews because of timing, and possible complications in the future, such as reckoning with neighboring countries. The footnote source for this information was given as: Gellately, Robert (2001). Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany. Oxford University Press. pp. 153–154.

There are now four places I've seen records for Auschwitz, and they're all a little different. The Auschwitz foundation page explains that when Nazi's knew the troops were coming, they started mass destroying records. But multiple records were kept. The Auschwitz Foundation is collecting any record relevant to Auschwitz. They have received other records for other concentration camps in this process. The foundation is working on a way to archive and make those records accessible too.

1) Here is the link I was sent, where I first realized how many Catholics were there too. (Orthodox and Roman Catholic notated). This link is set to the "S" page, for a Sanetra search. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see the alphabet and go to other surnames. This database is about people who died at Auschwitz, with a death certificate issued by camp doctors.  (free record search)
http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2007/03/56679.php

2)  My friend sent me this link to the Auschwitz foundation page. http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/
The site is available in Polish and English. (free record search) This site lists birth, marriage and death information in "the prisoner search" database. There are informational pages on collections, preservation, restorations, goals and finances. It is a well done site that I highly recommend reading through. There is a page about Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton pledging 15 million dollars on the behalf of the United States and encouraging other countries to do so (last month). Art work done secretly by prisoners is posted on this site. The thing I thought most impressive, is that they stated the reason for doing this was to preserve the concentration camp and records. As proof that it happened, so it can never happen again. I was so impressed reading how extensive the preservation efforts were. I believe that a worldwide interest in preserving history and records is so important and so awesome!

3) Footnote.com has 12 holocaust databases. (subscription paid for records) There are also some amazing historical documents about the camps. Including pictures of a camp Hitler had set up for propaganda. Pictures were staged and taken. Then sent out to show how the Jews were being "cared for". One of the databases are War Crimes Records. Here is my Jan Wandzel image I got from Footnote.com. (click on it, to view full screen).

4) Ancestry.com (subscription site) contains 18 holocaust databases. There are 45 Jewish databases on Ancestry.com. Including these 5 databases for Poland listed as free: Jewish birth, death and marriage collections. The Bedzin Jewish Census of 1939, and Jewish Survivors from the Keilce district 1945. All of the non-United States Jewish databases are listed as free. Ancestry.com's site says this information is all free, in cooperation/partnership with the Jewish Gen site.

If you have relatives that you can't find any family information about, and they were in Poland during WWII, I highly recommend checking these records. No matter the race, age, or ethnicity. Then remember to check back again periodically. These records are just at the beginning of being released online. Right now, records available are counted in the thousands. But millions of people will be accounted for with these records.

22 August 2010

2 family pictures: Lugwig Sanetra's wedding picture and an unknown family picture from Ludwig's family

A continuation and update of postings 26 Feb 2009 and 14 Jun 2009. Or click on Ludwig Sanetra tag.

I am thankful that Dirk Varnholt saw my blog this week, and identified this picture on my blog that I had titled "unknown Sanetra wedding picture". He identified the people in this picture as part of his family, and the picture as the wedding of Caroline Strzawi and Ludwig Sanetra. These pictures come from his family, and we somehow got a copy. There was Polish and German writing on the back of the picture, which actually identified the people in the picture. I did not understand the writing, because I only know English. I am very grateful to know who's wedding picture this is. Dirk and I are both searching for people who know about Ludwig's family. Like my Sanetra family, his family was separated during the war. He is trying to figure out who his relatives and ancestors are. We hope to find the relationship between Adam Sanetra and Ludwig Sanetra. If you know of this Sanetra family (or any other Sanetra family), please contact me. Comparing some information with Dirk, we know a little about Ludwig's family. I write this information, in hopes someone may recognize it. Ludwig Sanetra's siblings were separated.We know from some records that they were born in Zywiec, Poland. Some family went to Germany, some to Hungary, some to the United States, and some to the Czech Republic.


Ludwig had a sister name Franciszka Sanetra that married Karol Nasluchasz. He also had a sister named Marianne (Dirk's family) who married a Mr. Stachon. Franciszka and Ludwig immigrated to the United States.  They each married in Chicago. Marianne remained in Europe. Ludwig, Franciszka and Marianne were the children of Jozef Sanetra and Regina Wojcik.They may have had more children.
The picture on the left and right of this paragraph are  Ludwig Sanetra and Karoline Strzawi's marriage picture. Ludwig is also written on records as Ludwik or Louis Sanetra.



We wonder if this next picture could be Ludwig, his sister, her husband and a brother? We are also wondering if Micheal Sanetra that was in Chicago may be related. The Michael Sanetra in Chicago married Stella V. Mathuszewska and had 8 children that I know of. There was a Michael Sanetra who was the godfather to Agnes Sanetra, (Marianne Sanetra's daughter). Does anyone from the Micheal and Stella Sanetra family know if Michael was part of this family and was he the same Michael who was godfather to Agnes Sanetra? Also, does anyone from the Michael Sanetra family know if anyone in this family picture has a family resemblance to the Michael Sanetra in Chicago?

If you know of any other siblings of Ludwig, please email me or sign my guest book. If you know anything about the Ludwig or Michael Sanetra families in Chicago, or anything about these pictures, please email me or sign my guestbook.Thanks!

07 August 2010

Adam Sanetra and Alfreda Mazurkiewicz marriage record
















This is Adam Sanetra married to his second wife Alfreda Mazurkiewicz. This picture is believed to be taken when they married.

04 August 2010

Marianna Klosak married Jozef Wojtas-their family (And John Wojtas family)

Note: see posting 22 Feb 09 or tag "Wojtas"
I found on the PGSA website today, that Marianna Klosak married Joseph Wojtas in 1910 in Minneapolis. And Marianna had her first child, Anna in 1910. This census entry was enumerated 25 Apr 1910, see (22 Feb 09 posting) . I would expect that to be married and have a child in the same year, that Marianna and Joseph married the early part of the year, and had the baby Anna later in the year. So I don't think the 1910 Census I found, could be right for my Marianna who traveled as Bronislawa Sanetra's aunt in 1911, because of the marriage and baby in 1910. So instead of being Marianna Klosak on the 1910 Census, I now expect to see her listed as Marianna Wojtas, newly married. But this also means Marianna would have left a young baby to go get Bronislawa Sanetra from Poland. This Marianna Klosak on the 1910 Census is the right age, and has the right father's name, Joseph Klosak. There is a single Mary Wojtas in 1910, and that is her maiden name. That's all I've been able to find in Minnesota so far. So I don't think I'm seeing the right Maryanna on the Census yet. On the PGSA Minnesota birth records database, there two men the same age showing up with the surname Wojtas in Minneapolis. Several Wojtas families are in Chicago, but we know our Wojtas were in Minneapolis. It is John and Joseph Wojtas. Possibly brothers? They both married a Mary. But it seems our lady seems to stay consistently Marianna, except on her death certificate it is shortened to Mary. I spent some time tracking the two men on City Directies, familysearch pilot record search page, looking on the 1910 and 1920 Census, and the PGSA site. For Joseph Wojtas and Marriana there were these children listed: Anna 1910, Rosalie 1913, and Caroline 1915. For John and Mary Wojtas (married 1913) there was Anna 1913, Stella 1915, Joseph 1921, and Robert Edward 1925.
see this link on PGSA site. Type in "Wojtas" and select "start with", instead of "exact".  This is the Minnesota Births database: http://pgsa.org/polmarindex/RysBir.php
(Click on image to view full screen.) It says Joe Wojtas has 4 children. My big question is, did they have another child not on this Minnesota birth index? Or are they counting Bronislawa Sanetra as their fourth child? I really wish I could find them on the Census. I manually looked up the 222nd Ave NE address on the 1920 Census, and they were not at that address. I have the following addresses for Joe, Jozef or Joseph Wojtas, all in Minneapolis, Minnesota:


1911 February-When Bessie & Marianna immigrate, on Ellis Island, Jozef Wojtas is listed as 222 3rd Ave
1915 Minneapolis City Directory: Joseph Wojtas, porter, r 216 3d Ave NE
1917 Minneapolis City Directory: Joseph Wojtas, lab r 222 3rd Ave NE
1917 WWI draft card, gives address as  r 222 3rd Ave NE
(No Joseph Wojtas on the 1919, 1921, or 1922 directories)
1923 Maryanna's death certificate, gives the address as 813 Marshall St NE
1964 Joseph's death certificate, gives address as 15 Growland Terrace, Minneapolis

Note, John Wojtas was on the 1920 Census and several Minneapolis City Directories at the address of: 965 Central Ave.

25 July 2010

Rozalia Wandzel, Jozef Sanetra's birth record in Chicago, and Maslonka surname

Note: 3 Aug 2010. I did order the microfilm. I should see it 2-3 weeks. Then I will update this post. 

Today I was looking on the PGSA website again. I saw something I had seen before, but a notation was added since I last looked at this information. So this web page shows Jozef Sanetra was born in Chicago, 25 Sep 1912. Jozef is pictured in the top right corner of my blog, standing in the doorway of a house he built for himself. He is listed with the middle name of Michal. This birth record is at Holy Trinity Church, in Chicago. It is located on film number 1703799, item 2, page 120, volume 10, enumeration #837. I will try to get this microfilm to get this actual record, because of it's unique notation. The index says Adam Sanetra was the father and Rosalie Wandzel was the mother. The note that stood out to me, I now have to find out what it means! It says under notes, "mom was Maslonka". So I started trying to think what this could mean. Could she have been married before she married Adam Sanetra? No, she was pretty young. So I went to recalculate how old she was when she married Adam Sanetra. She was only 14 and a half! So that was very young. Then I worried I had made a mistake on the dates. I looked at Rosalie's death certificate and our parish records and family letters again. They all show that Rosalie was born in Aug of 1885 and married Adam Sanetra in Feb 1900. I guess I just never did the math before, to realize she was so young! Rosalie died at age 33, having had 6 children. So Rosalie was born Wandzel, then was Sanetra from the time of marrying Adam in Feb 1900 to her death in Oct 1918. So then why would she be listed as Maslonka? and when? Her death certificates, her children and the parish records all said and knew her maiden name was Wandzel. (sometimes written as Vondzel).

I tried to brainstorm ideas with my mom and grandma. We know other people who have married this young, but it is much less common. Grandma asked what was going on politically, religiously then. My only theory that could make sense, is that I have been told the name Wandzel sounds Jewish. Whether it is or isn't wouldn't have mattered so much. What mattered is what people assumed. And assumptions often led to persecution if their name sounded Jewish. So could Rosalie have used the name Maslonka to sound more Catholic? Could she have married young, because marrying a man (Adam Sanetra) known to be Catholic with a Catholic sounding name offered protection? This is the only possible theory I can think of. If anyone has any other possible theory, please let me know. Right now, we know Rosalie Wandzel married Adam Sanetra in a Catholic church in Zablocie Poland. Her parents and grandparents names are listed on the registry record. We know the names of Rosalie's siblings, but that is all. So we do not know for sure yet whether Rosalie was born Jewish or Catholic. We just know for a fact that she married Adam in a Catholic church. I am still looking for Rosalie or her family on any record that would tell us their religion. I have found Wandzels from Zywiec and Zablocie on Concentration camp records. But that does not mean they are Jewish either. This is just all new information for me and I don't really know how to find records to prove religion yet, so I know where the rest of the family records are. Rosalie's family is not in the same parish records as Adam Sanetra's family. So was she in a different parish? Or was she another religion? I hope to know one way or the other some day. I did find someone with the name Wandzel from Zywiec, and his family was Catholic. But it looks like records can go either way for Rosalie Wandzel's family.

18 July 2010

naturalization and citizenship records-some things that helped me, multiple sites and records

Note added 25 Jul 2010.- I asked my grandma why Kasimierz Bazarnik seemed to be an exception to the rule. We brainstormed ideas.  Grandma remembered that  men got citizenship during WWII. Kasimierz is on the WWII draft card, not listed as alien. So this is a very likely possibility, of why Kasimir doesn't have his naturalization number written over his immigration information on the Ellis Island manifest.
Note: Click on the images in this posting to view full screen. 
There is a new database on Ancestry.com that has been very helpful to me. It is still in the early stages. I keep finding new people each time I search it. I was told that the numbers written on the Ellis Island manifest, were a naturalization number. Now I have found a record to show this is true. I'm going to give two examples, one of a person who became a citizen and one who did not. This first database I want to tell you about, is a database called, "Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project)" The following record groups are in this database: 1) Connecticut 2) Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa (where my Chicago records have been found) 3) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont 4) New York 5) Rhode Island

This is the source info on Ancestry.com. Here is the link to the full information page about this database. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 It is being done by volunteers. Here's a paragraph from this page with the embedded links: Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations

This first example is my great, great grandfather Adam Sanetra. Here is his index card in the database I just discussed above. Next is Adam's actual court papers. He started it, but then his wife Rosalie died, 3 children (Paul, Ervin and Stanley) got lost by the orphanage, and one daughter Branislawa ("Bessie") got lost during immigration. Then Adam made a big mistake. He left the country, and he wasn't supposed to, during the time awaiting citizenship. After his wife died and he'd now lost 4 children out of 6, he didn't want to loose any more family. So he took his new bride Alfreda Mazurkiewicz and his two sons Bronislaw ("Bennie") and Jozef back to Poland, and lived by his sister Maria, in Zywiec. Then he came back soon after, in 1923, to try to finish his citizenship. But he was denied. He signed an oath (when he applied) that he wouldn't leave the country. And his story about loosing his children probably wouldn't have been believed by immigration officials. After being denied citizenship and not being able to find his children, he went back home to Poland the remainder of his life. Alfreda never came back to the US, and you can see no numbers next to her name on Ellis Island. She traveled with her sister Anna Baranowski and nephew Kasimierz Bazarnik. 




Here are the two links for Adam Sanetra immigrating to the United States, through Ellis Island. They correspond with the dates on this record:
First time, with Rosalie in 1904:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=102494110099&ANNID=276098
Here is the second time, in 1923:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=602107080077&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-3328\T715-33280131.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-3328\T715-33280131.TIF&fromEI=1
If you notice, there are not any numbers by Adam's name. Now here's something that confused me. On the index, it says Adam Sanetra was naturalized on 9 Apr 1926. But he was not. If you look at the fourth page, right above this text, you will see on the 9 April 1926, the court denied him citizenship. Maybe that field really means the date the court decides whether he is a citizen or not? Even if someone is denied citizenship, you can still apply for the application. And you can see from these 4 pages all the important information on this record. There is a number written by Adam, but I'm not sure what it means, on the 1923 record. It is 3-4713. I don't see that number on the index or naturalization paperwork.
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Next example is Matilda Molinowski, Kasimierz Bazarnik's wife. Here is Matilda's card, from the Ancestry.com database. I love that the birth date is given on the index. http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=101358050209&lookup=101358050209&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-1490\T715-14900412.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\IMAGES\T715-1490\T715-14900411.TIF
So if you look at the index card, upper right corner, there's the number 11-264467. Then if you look at the Ellis Island link of the ship manifest, look at Matilda, which is line 11...after her name, there's 4 smaller boxes, then in the next bigger box is the matching number 11-264467, followed by the date 17 Sep 1940. The index card says date of naturalization was 21 Mar 1941. Maybe the September date was the court date, and the certificate was written and awarded in March? One thing we can see from this record, is that only Tekla, Felicia and Matilda in this family were naturalized. And we have their file numbers. I don't know Tekla and Felicia's married names or marriage dates yet, but I might find them with this number. Although on the 1920 Felix is living with his daughter Felicia and her husband which looks like Lucyan Borejszo, which is how it is indexed. Yet if you look close at the witness on Matilda's record, there is a Felicia living at the same address as Matilda, so she may be the sister remarried? I will keep looking through records to find more on that. On the Ancestry.com database, I was doing searches by the year 1910, when Matilda and her family immigrated. It doesn't show up on the cards, but on the text index (in search results), on Ancestry.com, I searched by the name Felicia, in 1910. I saw several, but none of them had the immigration date of 30 May 1910, which was when Felicia immigrated. This is still a very new database, so I will check back soon.

This is another place naturalization records are listed for Chicago: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/default.aspx, Adam Sanetra is in this database. The Bazarnik's are not. There is a lot of helpful information on this site about the process of naturalization.

There is one thing that throws me off though. It appears Matilda's record and index matching was typical. But there may be exceptions. For example, I didn't see a number on Kasimierz Bazarnik's manifest page. Here is the link to Kasimierz' Ellis Island immigration:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=100390050179&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-2256\T715-22560407.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-2256\T715-22560407.TIF&fromEI=1
There is no number by Kasimierz on the ship manifest, but there is next to his mother Anna. Anna's husband Ignace Baranowski started his naturalization. But he died before the process was finished. At that time, when the husband applied, he applied for everyone in his family, spouse and children under age. Anna did not finish the naturalization. I believe she died about the same time her husband did, in the flu epidemic, or else I think she would have identified and had a funeral for her husband. Yet I know from the death certificate she did not. And Kasimierz was on the SSDI (Social Security Death Index), so I would expect he became a citizen. So maybe they meant to write this number next to Kasimierz, instead of his mother? Here is Kasimierz card from the database on Ancestry.com. There is no number in the upper right corner. Maybe that was done on later records, after 1940? Or maybe it was accidentally omitted? Maybe Kasimierz applied 24 Dec 1935 (date on the manifest), and became a citizen 19 Mar 1940 (date on index card) ? That is my best guess for now.

Footnote.com is another site I love and search a lot. It took me a month, paperwork to fill in, and over 20$ to get the record for Adam in this posting. But footnote has these records digitized and available by searching the database. I like footnote's way better! I have seen records in New York and Ohio on footnote.com. They may have more.
I hope this may be of help to someone searching for their ancestors naturalization/citizenship records. There is a lot of valuable information on these records. If you don't find your family in these records, keep checking back. These databases are brand new, and just in the beginning stages. Footnote.com, Ancestry.com, familysearch pilot page (the best for searching Ellis Island records, with direct links to the manifest pages) http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0, are all regularly updating their databases by the millions. The pilot page just added 30 million records last month. The Chicago link I put above is also still in beginning phases.

Kazimierz Bazarnik married Matilda Malinowski - Gary, Lake, Indiana

I kept searching and searching for a Matilda, since I saw she was listed as Kazimierz wife on his WWII draft card. Finally found her this weekend! I decided to do another search on Gary, Indiana genealogy, since the SSDI (social security death index) lists Gary, Indiana as Kazimierz last place of residence. I saw something new to me. This PDF compilation of marriage records by the Lake County Historical Society (In Indiana). It said marriage book index 1837-1920. Kazimierz and Matilda were married in 1922, yet they were on this list somehow. Here's the link: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~innwigs/Archives/MarriageIndex-Lake-Groom/Lake-Marriages-Groom-B.pdf
Open the link. Then in the "find box" type Bazarnik, and the name will be highlighted for you. So this record says: book #46, page # 257, license # 064056, application record 189, groom: Kasimir Bazarnik, bride: Matilda Malinoski, application date: 12 Aug 1922, return date: 5 Sep 1922, marriage date: 12 Aug 1922, marrying official: Howard K. Kemp JP (justice of the peace), Herbert L. Wheaton clerk.

Now that I had a maiden name, I wanted to see what I could find for her. I believe her name may actually have a "W" in it. Much more records show up if I type "Malinowski" instead of "Malinoski". Next I went to search Ellis Island records. I found her immigration. Her is the link to the annotation page. You can click to see the manifest from here: http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=101358050209&ANNID=288058

I have Matilda's naturalization index and her family on the 1920 Census. I'll post that in the next posting. More on Matilda and her family in my next post, within the next day or so...So far I still can't find Kasimierz on the 1920, or 1930 Census. He lived in Chicago, was in Detroit on the WWI draft card, then married in Gary, Lake, Indiana in 1922, was at the 1058 Marshfield address in 1923, then in the 1940's living at 2555 Cortez St (on WWII draft & both Kazimierz and Matilda's naturalization records.). Then Kazimierz' last address on SSDI was Gary, Indiana.

05 July 2010

Adolf Sanetra pictures

Adolf Sanetra is son of Bronislaw Sanetra and Julia Matuszek. A special thank you to him for these pictures. He is also pictured at the top of my blog, bottom center, in uniform. Adolf has kept homing pigeons most of his life and has entered them in flight competitions. They fly as far away as Germany and Belgium. Adolf also enjoys gardening. I find these things fascinating! Posting with love, admiration and best wishes for my Polish cousin. -Love, Julie

04 July 2010

Ignace Baranowski information & Ignace's death certificate

Cynthia at Genlighten (as "chicagogenealogy") helped me find this record. http://www.genlighten.com/profiles/chicagogenealogy I was just stumped looking for Ignace, and was very grateful she found this for me. I thought this death certificate was about a year too late to be my Ignace, but I couldn't find anything remotely close, so I kept it until I could figure things out better. My first thought when I saw it, was, "how sad, no one came to claim him, they kept him for a month to be identified." I figured that meant lots of his family died in the flu epidemic. Then with all the unknowns listed, I thought, "that sounds like my family, everything unknown." So for several months of searching, I have not been able to find anything more on Ignace or his wife Anna. And Ignace Baranowski is a pretty rare name in our country. In fact, the only Ignace Baranowski I've found records for, is my Ignace. I can't find hardly any of my Chicago Sanetra's in 1920. Possibly because of the missing, but later added Census records. And those Census records aren't on Ancestry.com, footnote or familysearch. I see Paul Sanetra, on the farm he was sent to. I see Bennie and Joe in the orphanage. I see Karol Janik, Julia and her 3 boys at 1058 Marshfield. But no Adam, no Alfreda, (and they married that year), no Ignace, no Anna, no Kasmierz. None of Adam Sanetra's other children: Stanley, Bessie or Ervin. So today I drew out a timeline for Ignace, and I am now convinced this death record is my Ignace Baranowski. I had thought the draft cards were in 1919, but now that I see these were in 1918, the record does fit.

Ignace Baranowski & Anna Mazukiewicz timeline:
1881-  Ignace is born 9 Apr 1881 in Poland (Anna is born abt 1876)
1913-  About March, Ignace marries Anna Mazurkiewicz
1913-  16 Aug 1913 arrives in the United States
1914-  31 Jan 1914 Anna, her son Kazmierz Bazarnik & her sister Alfreda Mazurkiewicz arrive in the United States. Living at 518 Osbourne Ave in Chicago. 
1915-1916-  City directories list him at 518 Osborne Ave.
1918-  15 Jun 1918 Kasmierz Bazarnik lists his mother Anna as his person of contact at the Marshfield address. He is working in Detroit under an assumed name to keep his job. 
1918-  17 Jun 1918 Filed naturalization record. Living at 1058 Marshfield Ave with Karol & Julia Janik. 
1918-  12 Sep 1918 World War I draft card-living at 1058 Marshfield Ave with Karol Janik. Anna is listed as living with Ignace on both the naturalization and WWI record.
    This draft card is the last record I can account for either Anna or Ignace. 
On the 1920 Census, Ignace is no longer with Karol and Julia's family. I have Karol on the Census with the Marshfield address. Ignace is no longer on city directories. He did not finish his naturalization. Rozalia Wandzel (Adam Sanetra's first wife) died in Oct 1918 of the big Chicago flu epidemic. So I figured it was highly likely Ignace and Anna died in the flu epidemic about the same time. I am now convinced this record is the death certificate for Ignace Baranowski, Adam Sanetra's brother-in-law. (Adam and Ignatz lived at the same 1058 Marshfield address.) I'm still not sure about Anna. It is possible she remarried, but I find it highly unlikely, or I would think she would have identified her husband's body. Click on picture to view full screen.
The cemetery listed is Oak Forest Cemetery, in Chicago. Also known as the Cook County poorhouse cemetery. I will try to find a phone number to confirm Ignace is in the cemetery records and see if by chance there's a record of Anna here too. I know he's not in a family plot, but they may have died about the same time, since he was not identified.  I'll add the information I find to this post later. See this link about the cemetery: http://ssghs.org/oak_%20forest_%20hospital_%20cemetery.htm

21 June 2010

Picture of Bronislaw Sanetra

This picture is from Adolph Sanetra, the son of Bronislaw Sanetra. I am thankful that he shared this with our family. I am the great grand daughter of Paul Sanetra, Bronislaw's older brother.

03 June 2010

Franciszka Sanetra Nasluchacz's brother was Ludwig Sanetra

Note: See postings 26 Jul 2009 and 2 Aug 2009, or click on tags Nasluchacz and Ludwig Sanetra.
This link shows the annotation for Ludwig Sanetra that lived in Chicago. You can click on "see manifest" to view the manifest. I was searching today on Ancestry.com, and saw Ludwig Sanetra under a naturalization index. It gave the date he arrived in the United States. So I searched the NY Immigration database on Ancestry.com because I can search with less fields. I searched only for a "Ludwig" immigrating in the year 1912. Then I skipped to the "S" names. I saw a Ludwig for the exact date the naturalization record stated, and he was listed as Ludwik Sancha. Because the "T" in Sanetra wasn't crossed. So then I saw the ship name on the Ancestry.com page and looked it up on Ellis Island, manually, under the ship search. Even though I could see the record on Ancestry.com, I still wanted to look it up on Ellis Island to save it to "My Ellis Island file"  and to annotate the correct surname. Also, so I can share it more easily. This Ellis Island record states he is leaving behind his mother Regina Sanetra in Zablocie, Galicia (Poland.) It also states he is going to his brother in laws house Karol Nasluchacz on West 12th Street in Chicago.

Franciszka Sanetra Nasluchacz' death certificate says her parents were Jozef Sanetra & Regina Wojcik. Unfortunately I don't know who this Regina & Jozef Sanetra are yet. But I do know of a Regina Sanetra in Zablocie-Zywiec who was a midwife listed on a number of baptismal records for my family about this time period. Franciszka's death certificate is attached here:

I went to footnote.com & created a Footnote Page for Franciszka and Ludwig to connect them as siblings. And to connect each of their children to them, and to each other. Here is Franciszka's link, and you can see Ludwig's link there: http://www.footnote.com/page/111387028_franciszka_sanetra/
 ttp://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=100932120123&ANNID=286701http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=100932120123&ANNID=286701

24 April 2010

Karol Janik, Julia and Joseph Kwiatkowski

I am still on my quest to prove whether or not Julia, married to Karol Janik was the sister of Alfreda Mazurkiewicz. My hope was if I found Julia's obituary or death certificate it would state her maiden name or something more about her family. These records did not. See posting on 28 Feb 2010. Under Julia's father's name it just said "Pantera". So then I set out to see if I could find a certificate for one of Julia's sons, to find her maiden name. I found a listing in the Chicago death indexes for a Joseph Kwiatkowski who died 14 Jul 1952. I ordered the death certificate to see if this was Julia's son. It was! This Joseph Kwiatkowski lived at 3451 W Hirsch St. He was a glass blower at a glass factory. He was buried by his mother Julia in St. Adalbert's cemetery. His father is also buried in the family plot. Karol Janik is also in the plot. And another Julia Janik that died in 1928 is in this plot. (I have no idea who she is, but wish I did.) His parents were listed as "Walter Kwiatkowski and Julia Pontera," His wife Stephanie was the informant.

So I did searches in multiple databases. The surname Pontera or Pantera show up as Spanish or Filipino names, or as immigrants from those countries. But Julia was Polish. So now I have another surname to search for, but am still at a loss for proving or disproving Alfreda and Julia, or Alfreda and Karl or Adam and either Julia or Karl could be in-laws. Still trying to figure out these family relationships.

If you know this Kwiatkowski family, or any Kwiatkowski family from Chicago, I'd love to hear from you.

21 March 2010

Paul Sanetra's godfather: Albert Zader (and George Sanetra)

Paul Sanetra (my great grandfather) was baptized in St. Nicholas church 2 Jul 1905, in Chicago. He was the son of Adam Sanetra & Rosalie Wandzel. Albert Zader was the godfather & Nellie Steiner the Godmother. I do not know yet if there was any relationship between the godparents.

I found Albert Zader on the 1910 Census, in Chicago, with a son John Zader, born in 1886. Click on image to view full screen. Albert Zader was listed as immigrating in 1905, & his son John came in 1909.  They lived at 2505 Clyborne. Adam Sanetra gave the address 1769 Clyborne a few times over the years as his address. This Census is all I can find on Albert Zader.

The surname isn't very common. There is one other Zader family I found. A Herman Zader married to Albertyne. They had a daughter Lilia that died at age 5. She was buried at St. Lucas 27 Nov 1918.

I also wanted to notate that the household above the Zaders. I believe that is a Sanetra family, even though that first letter doesn't look like an "S". So that is George Sanetra, a tailor, wife Mary and daughter Josie born about 1904. Mary & Josie immigrated in 1910, & the Census was in May. So they probably immigrated between January & May of 1910. George immigrated in 1906.

If you know about Zaders in Chicago, or this George Sanetra, please email me, post a comment or sign the guestbook, Thanks!

06 March 2010

Peter Drechny and Walerya (Valerie or Viola) Lientarska's family


Peter Joseph Drechny was born 27 Jun 1866 in Poland. He died 24 Oct 1933. Peter married Walerya Lientarska. Peter arrived after the 1880 Census, there's no 1890 Census, but here are the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Census. Click on images to view full screen. Also attached is Stanislaw's birth certificate, found on the LDS familysearch pilot page, at this link: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#surname=drechney;p=recordResults;searchType=standard. Note on the 1930 Census: Walerya died 9 Jan 1926, and in 1930 Peter is remarried and listed with Julia Mazurkiewicz.


Peter and Walerya had the following children that I can find:
1) John Harry Drechny: born 19 Jan 1889
2) Stanislaus Aloysius Drechny: born 30 Apr 1891, died 9 May 1892
3) Boles C. Drechny: born 9 Feb 1893, died Jun 1975
4) Stephen Drechny: born 3 Jul 1894
5) Angela Drechny: born about 1895, died before the 1910 Census
6) Jennie Drechny: born about 1897
7) Sebastian Drechny: born about 1910

                               









 
 
 
 

28 February 2010

Peter Drechny and Julia Mazurkiewicz-Kwiatkowski-Janik-Drechny

 Attached images are the 1930 Census with Peter and Julia.  Also Julia's death certificate. Click on them to view full screen.
I went to the PGSA website (Polish Genealogical Society of America), and looked at the obituaries index in the Dziennik Chicagoski newspaper. I found so much helpful info that I joined the society. I saw someone listed as as "Julia Kwiatkowski Janik-Drechny". I wondered who that could be and figured they had to be related with the names Kwiatkowski and Janik. I received the obituary last week, and to my surprise it was my relative Julia Mazurkiewicz! But unfortunately her maiden name was not in the obituary. I was also surprised the obituary was written in Polish, but I'm glad there was a Catholic Polish newspaper in Chicago. I knew this was my relative because it said Julia had the address of 1058 N. Marshfield. I didn't know what the Drechny name was from. While I was waiting for the obituary to arrive, I did searches on the surname Drechny, and I only saw one Drechny family in Chicago. It was Peter Drechny and Viola. I looked at the Drechny's address on the Census, plotted it on my Sanetra map and it was about 2 blocks from our family at 1058 N. Marshfield. So then, since I knew this Julia was ours, I ordered a death certificate for Julia Drechny. Sadly, her maiden name was not on her death certificate either. I was really hopeful to get something off her death certificate, like maiden name or parents names. Although the word "Pantera" is listed in the father's field-space for Julia, and I don't know what that means. I looked up "parent" and "father" in the Polish dictionary and Pantera does not equal either word. I'm finding lots of fields left "unknown" on records for my Polish relatives. Well, on Julia's death cert it does say her husband was Peter Drechny. So then I checked the IL state death index and saw Viola died in 1926. My next posting will be info on Peter and Viola, including Census and birth records I've already found.

So here is a time line for Julia Mazurkiewicz:
*** 7 Aug 1875 Julia is born in Poland
*** abt 1893 Julia married Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski
*** 5 Aug 1902  Julia arrives  in the US with her 3 sons Joseph, Teddy & John, to join her husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski, in Chicago.
*** 20 Mar 1910  Julia's husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski died in Chicago
*** 1 Jul 1910 Julia married Karol Janik in Chicago
*** 31 Jan 1914 Julia's sisters Alfreda Mazurkiewicz and Anna Baranowski and Anna's son Kasimir Bazarnik arrive in the US
*** 28 Dec 1920 Julia's sister Alfreda married Adam Sanetra
*** 6 Jun 1922 Alfreda and Adam Sanetra return to Poland, being denied citizenship. In 1923, Adam Sanetra comes back to the US and lives with Julia and Karol Janik for a year. (Karol is from same town in Poland as Adam-Zywiec) Alfreda never returned to the US. Adam went back to Poland after about year.
*** 30 Apr 1928 Julia's husband Karol Janik died.
*** between 1928-1933 Julia married Peter Drechny. (After 1928 when Karol died but before 1933 when Peter died.) Peter became a widow in 1926.
*** 24 Oct 1933 Julia's husband Peter Drechny died. Julia returned to the 1058 Marshfield address where at least one of her sons still lived. Peter owned a home on the 1930 Census, but on his death certificate, his address says 1058 Marshfield Ave. So he and Julia moved there together before he died. 
*** 7 Jun 1947 Julia Mazurkiewicz died, and was buried in St. Adalbert's cemetery (Catholic) by her husband Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski and Karol Janik. (Not sure about Peter Drechny yet, but he was buried in same cemetery.)

PS. I discovered from Julia's obit, that her son John Kwiatkowski changed his name to John Flowers. A posting soon on that after I get more info. I did find him on SSDI with the Flowers surname.

PS. Peter Drechny's address has been added to the Sanetra map at the bottom of the blog.

09 February 2010

Adam Sanetra's brother-in-laws: Karol Janik & Ignace Baranowski's Naturalization

Here is Karol Janik's Naturalization record. Click on picture to view full screen. I was disappointed though that there was only the Declaration of Intent. This was as far as Karl & his brother-in-law Ignace Baranowski went. They're both living at that 1058 Marshfield address. It's interesting to me that Karol is listed as blond with fair skin. All the family I knew of had very dark hair. Also Karol says he's from Zablocie. I can't help wondering if Adam & Karol knew each other back in Zablocie before going to the US. Adam did live with Karol in 1923.
I had looked and looked for Ignace's immigration. I'd tried every spelling variation with soundex & wild card searches I could think of. No results, in Aug 1913 as the Naturalization index online said. So today, I got the Naturalization record, it said he was on the ship called "Main". So I went to Ellis Island, to the ships, chose the Main, then saw the Aug date. And sure enough he was there! But he was indexed as "Barowowski" & I guess that wasn't close enough to my searches on soundex & fuzzy searches. Well, glad I finally found him. I saved it to my Ellis Island file & annotated it. Here's the link to the annotated page & you can see the manifest link on the page.: http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=102917070141&ANNID=281837





















Here again is Karol Janik's Ellis Island link :
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=105345010014&ANNID=281509

02 February 2010

Zywiec and Zablocie are today in the Slaskie province

I couldn't find Zablocie and Zywiec close to eachother on a current day map, and I'd heard they were near each other. I found multiple places named Zywiec and Zablocie. I saw Zablocie was part of Krakow and thought I'd been told we were from there. I really wanted to be able to mark where we were from on a current map, & to know where to look for records. I went to the PGSA website to the gazateer. http://www.pgsa.org/Maps/PolGaz8809.php
I typed in Zywiec and got 4 entries very close to each other, within a degree or so. Zywiec said: 49degrees 41'N  19 degrees 13'E, province in 1988 Bielsko, province in 2009 Slaskie, UTM grid CA70, map NM34-07. I typed in Zablocie and there were 21 entries. But one was very close to Zywiec: Zablocie, 49degrees 55'N, 18degrees 47'E province in 1988 Bielsko, province in 2009 Slaskie.
So I figured it was very likely my family was from Slaskie, but wanted some confirmation.

So I went to Ancestry.com to the Slaskie, Poland message board. I posted a picture of the two pictures of the churches (on my blog, top left column) and said they were from Zywiec and Zablocie. I asked if anyone could anyone confirm if they were in present day Slaskie.  Someone thankfully did confirm, and told me the names of the churches. I knew the names were correct, because of the name on the parish records we had. But I wasn't sure which picture was which church, before the posting. The message posting also said Zablocie was a separate village which became part of Zywiec abt 1950. So I am very happy to know my family is in the province today known as Slaskie!

I marked a Google map with where my family was from in Poland, and put it at the bottom of the blog, above my Chicago Sanetra addresses map. I updated that Chicago map today too. I realized the local church/parish for Adam Sanetra when he placed the boys temporarily in the orphanage was St. Columbkille, at 1648 W. Grand Ave. When I plotted in on the map, I realized Adam and Alfreda lived within two blocks of that church. Then the boys were transferred to St. Hedwig's orphanage, in a different parish. Possibly because there wasn't an orphanage at St. Columbkille. On the 1920 Census, there weren't orphans listed at St. Columbkille.

31 January 2010

Finally found our Karol Janik's immigration!

My annotations on Ellis Island: 
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=105345010014&ANNID=281509

Manifest, line 14: http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=105345010014&

I was doing more searches on Karol Janik. There were 5 Karol Janik's with this exact spelling. Then I was going to try fuzzy searches. I set to ruling them all out. And then this last one, I realized it fit perfect. It's the very day he says on his naturalization record, that he immigrated, & he's a tailor just like his record says. Julia was a tailor too. Also, we knew Karl was married once before, because of the notation on the Catholic index, but had no idea to who. So this record shows, he was widowed when he came to this country. So his first wife didn't live in the United States.

So here's the part I'm most intrigued with. He says he's coming to live with his cousin Andrew Gowin in NY, on Losington (?) Ave, NY. I didn't consider this record before, because I thought Karol went straight to Chicago. But because this info matches the naturalization for Karl exactly, with the Marshfield Ave address, it has to be him. See posting 28 Dec 2009. So the part about Karl's cousin being Andrew Gowin....I always thought there had to be more of a connection between Karol & Adam. And this may be it. Adam Sanetra's mother is Franciska Gowin. Adam & Karol are about the same age. Adam's mother had a brother named Andrew Gowin, but I don't know if he immigrated or not yet. So that'll be my next search.



Agnes Sanetra in Chicago

I found this record for Agnes Sanetra. It's all I can find on her. Can't find her on a Census yet, and she should be on the 1910 Census. It's kind of sad to me, that so much is unknown. I guess it means she was the last of her family in The United States, since no one could tell anything.

So this Anna died at age 44, so she was born abt 1867 in Poland & immigrated abt 1906. She lived in Chicago the whole 5 years. It is unknown whether she was married or not. Her address was 2564 Ashland Ave. (I'm sure it was North Ashland which would put her right next to all my family.) I added her address to the Sanetra map at the bottom of the blog.

So my searches for Anna Sanetra: I can only find one Anna on a Census, and that is the 1920 Census (after this Anna dies) and that Anna was daughter of  Thomas Sanetra & Jadwiga Biel, in Minneapolis. On immigration, I can only find two Anna Sanetra's, but neither match. One immigrated on 13 Mar 1906, but she was age17, 22 years younger than the Anna in this death certificate. The only other Anna I could find was the same Anna who was daughter of Thomas Sanetra, in Minneapolis, age 4, immigrating 2 years after this Anna died. I looked up the address 2564 N. Ashland on the Census maps, but Agnes was not at that address on the 1910 Census. I can't really read the cemetery name, just that it starts with a Du & ends in Y. Maybe something like Dunway? I'm sure she's buried in a paupers grave, since only the hospital was the informant.

Anna is within blocks of Michael & Stella Sanetra. She's also close to Jozef & Rozalia Sanetra who I'm still trying to learn about. She's also living by Clybourn Ave, where Adam Sanetra kept giving his address. If any one knows anything of this Agnes, I'd appreciate hearing about her & who her family was. Thanks.

09 January 2010

Help for the Chicago street changes in 1909

I was talking to my friend Anne, saying I wish I could figure out how to calculate the difference in Chicago addresses. If I have an address after 1909, what was it before 1909? And what about vise-versa? I was trying to figure out more addresses to compare with the Census maps, so I could look them up by address. I have found that most of my Polish relatives I can find easier by looking up Census maps rather than by trying to guess a soundex that doesn't really work for Slavic names. (See message posting 10/1/09 or details how to do this, or label tag "Census maps".) http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1909snc/start.pdf  Anne found this link for me. So if you are looking for Marshfield Ave, you go to the left and click on "M" then scroll through for your address to convert. This PDF is 180 pages, very detailed. It is so great I wanted to share it with everyone. Thanks Anne! And thanks to whoever posted this form!